5 Instances of Indian domestic teams defeating International teams

5 Instances of Indian domestic teams defeating International teams

Here we look at instances of the Indian domestic teams defeating national teams of other countries.

Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar
Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Considering India’s home dominance in Test cricket, many experts have raised doubts over the possibility of a second-string Indian team beating the visiting nations. Some fans and critics even expected some of the top Ranji Trophy teams capable enough to bring down the International sides.

Though such doubts might remain unanswered, there are a few instances from the past when some of the Ranji teams thumped the visiting International teams. In this article, we look at five of instances of an Indian domestic team defeating a visiting team during a match with official status (FC or List A).

Here we look at instances of the Indian domestic teams defeating national teams of other countries:

5. Tamil Nadu – Ceylon and Sri Lanka

Surrey cricket stadium
Cricket stadium. (Photo Source: Twitter)

An annual cricket match between Tamil Nadu and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the memory of M.J. Gopalan began in the 1952-53 season and lasted till 2007-08. The Tamil Nadu domestic team featured in all 27 editions of the Gopalan Trophy while Sri Lanka used to field with Board President’s XI and Districts teams in some editions.

The teams from Sri Lanka won on 10 instances while Tamil Nadu team was successful in five seasons; all when the Sri Lankan team was an associate nation. Tamil Nadu, formerly known as Madras, won in 1957-58 and 1959-60 seasons by 2 wickets and 8 wickets respectively.

In this process, they defeated Ceylon, the Sri Lankan national side. Tamil Nadu defeated Sri Lanka by 3 runs during the 1972-73 season and by an innings and 73-run in 1974-75. They also won the trophy in the 1971-72 season by innings and 9 runs in Colombo. Tamil Nadu defeated the Ceylon Board President’s XI during that fixture hosted by Colombo which wasn’t an official national team of Sri Lanka.